We were sent this Thumbs Up Roller Wheel* to review right in time for the summer holidays and as you might imagine, I was suddenly very popular with the children!
The Roller Wheel is an inflatable that is suitable for use both indoors and outdoors which is particularly handy now that the weather seems to have taken a turn! It comes complete with a foot pump and obviously it is huge so it takes some serious blowing up. I think it took us a good fifteen minutes to blow it up the first time but to be fair, that is probably because the children insisted on helping and I could have done it much quicker by myself. I think we took as long deciding whose turn it was to have a go as we did actually pumping! I must say though that it is really easy to do, the pump pops straight on to the nozzle and you just pump away with your foot and you can tell by sight and feel when it is ready to play with.
The Roller Wheel is made from what seems like really sturdy material but obviously if you are playing with it outside you need to be careful not to use it near any sharp edges or stones etc. It is durable but obviously could puncture if you weren’t careful. We have kept it on the grass where it rolls better anyway but also means less of a bump if you are to tumble out. Inside the wheel there are also little balls that jiggle and bounce around as it rotates. One of my daughters described it as a hamster wheel and I think she is spot on!
You can use the wheel to climb through or roll around and I can’t tell you how many hours these two have played with it. We have found that it has held up really well and holds its bounce. After the first day of play it felt a little softer than it should but I think that was because we hadn’t quite pumped it up enough the first time because it hasn’t needed doing again since. Obviously it is easy to give it a quick inflate with the pump as and when you need to though. It is so handy that it comes with its own pump.
This is such a brilliant garden toy but I love that it can be played with inside too if needed. My girls love to take it in turns to get inside then they push each other down the length of the lawn as fast as they can rolling round and round and round. Completely fearless! Ha! Please note that this toy is not recommended for children under 36 months for safety reasons and of course, given the boisterous nature of the wheel you would want to keep an eye on your bigger kids playing on it. It is huge though as you can see and holds up to 36kg in weight. It is so much fun, we can’t recommend it enough!
P.S. I have noticed that it is currently in the Amazon sale for just £35 with free delivery in the UK so snap one up at a bargain price while you can!
*For the purpose of this review we were very kindly provided with a press sample of this Thumbs Up Roller Wheel but all words and opinions (and roly poly fun) are our own